Houston, We Have A Problem!

Today’s post is coming a bit late due to the “Houston, we have a problem” situation! Actually the problem has already come up 3 days ago when we realized that “Bleu” -of course one of our kids who can live only in the water / a lovely Betta fish- was not showing up in his house where he used to continue a happy life with his other mates, mostly hiding under the objects and even not swimming up during the feeding time although he likes it a lot to fight with the food! He joined our life more than one year ago as a left-over  -no,no,no, I’m not sorry to call it like that, it’s the truth as I’m sure our friend would not be able to move Bleu to Thailand with him!- from the previous Executive Chef who was also living in the hotel before his transfer to Bangkok… During one of my visits before my move to Belgrade, my husband came to the house in the evening with a big bowl in his hands and it was a real shock for me when I learnt there was a small creature living in that bowl -I also hate the idea of feeding a fish in a small bowl-! As I was quite experienced about aquarium fishes from my childhood time, this topic had once come up during our flirt times, and I still remember it like yesterday that my husband was telling me: “Darling, I don’t know, I don’t think the aquarium thing is really for me…” Anyway, this was another thing he was thinking that it was not for him but at the end he had to take it into his life like many others,  I’ll mention these “not for me” statements of him  in the next posts…

So now let’s go back to Houston… The first day Bleu arrived he gained the right to have a personal name other than only to be called as fish, and as you can imagine his name is very much dependant on his eye-catching blue color… Below is a photo of him taken in the very first days he joined our family…

The reason we have chosen the French version of blue word is just because we had some fun about French accent in those days… Bleu was our first water type of kid and in time being we gave him more luxury in his life with bigger aquariums, oxygen, filter and heating set-ups, different varieties of healthy diet and some new friends that he can get along with! Any followers with a little knowledge about aquarium fishes will understand me better especially for “getting along” part when we’re talking about Betta fishes… In the funny aquarium world, Bettas have quite a strange character like English aristocrats, they prefer not sharing their luxury with all of the other species… When he came to us, he was not a very young playboy, I think he was already more than 1 year old.

3 days ago when we realized his weak and shy mood, I thought he’s slowly getting old and it should not be that much serious… But then we had to change our mind after seeing that he decided not to eat at all for 2 days, so that we directly moved him into our hospital tank… Intensive care period started as of yesterday, first by giving the medicated food I already had in hand and then running to the pet store early in the morning today… Unfortunately, he looks very sick with his mouth wide open, breathing heavily and keeps his same place for 1-2 hours without any movement… I got some antibiotics for him thinking it might be a bacterial disease, started to give more oxygen flow into the hospital room, turned off his lights and checking him every other half an hour with a hope that these will help him heal…

My “not for me” husband has even a bigger emotional connection with Bleu as he was his only friend in the house before my move to Belgrade… I do wish we will see our boy strong again like how we are used to see him, fighting with his food and hanging around in the aquarium like showing others that he’s the king! He’s our little king!

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